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Levelling Up paper highlights importance of rail

The Levelling Up White Paper highlights the importance of rail in improving living standards.

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Penmaenmawr stone returns to rail

Rhodri Clark

Stone and aggregates on the North Wales coast

Rhodri Clark
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Government must outline upgrades and accelerate IRP – RIA

The Railway Industry Association is calling on Government to provide an update on the RNEP and accelerate Integrated Rail Plan schemes.

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HS2’s HIPER piles tap renewable energy

Innovative new piling can heat and cool buildings. It is being deployed at HS2's Euston site.

Modern Railways February 2022 issue: video podcast

A video preview of the February 2022 issue of Modern Railways

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Chessington South freight revival

Iain C. Scotchman

Friday 10 December 2021 saw the first train beyond Chessington South station to the still incomplete aggregates terminal for Cappagh subsidiary Express Concrete Ltd.

Iain C. Scotchman
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Operators withdraw ‘153s’

EMR and Northern examples have gone into store

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Curtailed HS2 Phase 2b unlikely to meet strategic priorities

The Government's preferred option for HS2's Eastern Leg may not meet its strategic priorities, according to a report made public on 24 January.

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Canary Wharf station transferred to TfL

TfL has taken possession of Canary Wharf station on Crossrail.

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Christmas progress for CVL upgrade

Rhodri Clark

A blockade of the Core Valley Lines (CVL) north of Pontypridd from 27 December to 6 January enabled Transport for Wales to undertake a variety of works, including installation of foundations for electrification masts.

Rhodri Clark

‘323’ sander contract awarded

AB Rail (part of AB Hoses & Fittings Ltd) has been selected to fit Dual Variable Rate Sanders (DVRS) to Class 323 EMUs.

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TfW postpones Class 230 introduction again

Rhodri Clark

Tram-trains on test in Valencia

Rhodri Clark
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First seeks bi-modes for TPE and ‘Night Riviera’

Could new locos for TPE and GWR's 'Night Riviera' be on the cards? FirstGroup has invited expressions of interest to supply bi-mode locomotives for the operations.

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HS2’s Crewe-Manchester Bill enters Parliament

The Bill for the Crewe-Manchester section of HS2 has been submitted to Parliament.

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GBR Advisory Panel meets for first time

The Advisory Panel for the Great British Railways Transition Team met for the first time on 19 January.

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First refrigerated goods service for Tesco

Philip Sherratt/Julian Worth/Iain Scotchman

Regular services from new terminal at Tilbury

Philip Sherratt/Julian Worth/Iain Scotchman
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Testing milestone for new Subway trains

The first of the new Stadler-built trains for the Glasgow Subway entered the tunnels on the night of 4 December in a major milestone for the system’s modernisation.

Deadline nearing for Women in Rail Awards entries

Nominations must be submitted by 28 January

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Busy Christmas for Network Rail

Work on over 370 engineering projects was carried out by Network Rail during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Extra date for IRSE certificate

The Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) has offered a new opportunity to sit its Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals on 26 March due to high demand.

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Northern seeking hybrid ‘195s’

Tony Miles

Battery EMUs sought for Trans-Pennine routes

Tony Miles
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Crossrail on track for ‘first half of year’ opening

Opening of Crossrail is expected in the first half of the year.

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Lichfield-Burton potential discussed

The West Midlands Rail Executive says passenger trains to Alrewas - serving the National Memorial Arboretum - could be reinstated relatively quickly.

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East Coast Digital Programme a path for major schemes – RIA

Partnership working and a clear vision on the East Coast Digital Programme could be a template for major projects on Great British Railways, suggests the Railway Industry Association.

Hybrid ‘165’ progress

The conversion of a Chiltern Railways Class 165 DMU to a low-emission electric hybrid drive has advanced, with the technology fitted to a vehicle and ready for initial testing.

Modern Railways January 2022 issue: video podcast

A video preview of the January 2022 issue of Modern Railways magazine

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ScotRail and CS EMAs extended

Emergency funding for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper has been extended to run until February 2022.

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Tyne & Wear’s new Metro trains take shape

The first of Tyne and Wear Metro's new fleet is well under construction by Stadler.

RBF seeks donations to hit Christmas target

Rail charity Railway Benefit Fund is seeking donations to hit its Christmas appeal fundraising target.